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Poster: SDH2O Date: Apr 5, 2007 5:07am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Liam's hit the nail on the Head

Well goddamn, if Liam hasn't shone a light on a show that, in his words, has until now been sneaking under many or our radars. 3/12/81 Boston Garden is an exceptional example of early 80's Dead, with something extra thrown in. Normally I would let the original review stand and not add anything, but this is different and I felt I had to throw my 2 cents in. If you are a little short on time today and can't fit an entire show in your schedule, please, please do yourself a favor and listen to the last three songs from the first set of this beauty: Althea, Let It Grow>Franklin's. The Althea is slow and just gorgeous, the LIG is one of the better ones I've heard with Jerry just refusing to pull out of the final jam, insisting on making sure that there is little left of our combined facultiies, and then, as LIG ends when you think that they've ended the set on the perfect note, they laugh at our naive presumptions and immediately launch into a short but blistering Franklin's. That three song combo is one of the meatier things you're ever gonna hear. Oh, yeah, and like Liam said yesterday, the rest of the first set doesn't suck either. The Tennessee Jed IS amazing, slow and in the groove like few you're gonna hear. The Birdsong is an outstanding example of how Jerry can make the listener feel weightless, lifted up by the majesty of his playing. Hell, even the CC Rider rips it up. In the second set, if you've been able to catch your breath, you've got a powerhouse Terrapin, a spacey Playin', a poignant He's Gone, a moving Black Peter and an Around & Around>Johnny B Goode that Jerry kicks into high gear and just makes his own.
On top of the performance, the quality of the AUD here is truly surprising. Being in the Boston Garden, a venue notorious for its horrendous acoustics, this source acheives a clarity and balance that few from there ever have. Phil, who is on fire for this show, comes through with force and power, Jerrys guitar and vocals are clear and crisp. After listening to the entire show last night, I immediately put this on my must have list, and for any other lovers of meaty early 80's stuff, you should as well.
Thanks, Liam, we owe you one.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd81-03-12.rolfe.weiner.7584.sbeok.shnf

Go hither my children and immerse yourself

This post was modified by SomeDarkHollow on 2007-04-05 12:07:44

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Poster: Liamfinnegan Date: Apr 5, 2007 10:39am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Liam's hit the nail on the Head

Thank you thank you my friend. I just call them as I hear them and I am not an expert so to say; my musician's training, if anything, allows me to "hear" those songs, shows, where something "different" is happening.

You listen to enough of this, and you know for damn sure when a song or group of songs or a show rises above an already high bar known as the norm for the grateful dead.

Up Next? Deer Creek 1990. F'in A check out that show opening Jackstraw. After a touring lifetime of insipid, uninspiring Jackstraws to open first sets (not to say other placements of jackstraw did not give us inspired readings) the Deer Creek version is a GIANT- the mix is already down cold -

God how many show opening Straws or Berthas were mere throw aways in the 80's as they were being played while the sound guys were getting everything "just exactly perfect"

This is a true treat:

http://www.archive.org/details/gd90-07-19.dsbd.garcia420.2177.sbeok.shnf

Do yourself a favor and listen to the "Flash" stream

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Poster: patkelley Date: Apr 5, 2007 6:17am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Liam's hit the nail on the Head

the sound is not really that great, but you're right on about the LIG. truly hot.

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Poster: SDH2O Date: Apr 5, 2007 8:08am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Liam's hit the nail on the Head

If you've seen shows in the Boston Garden, it surprises me if even a so-so AUD can come out of there; especially before the late 80's when they came out with the more sophisticated sound analysis for arenas. Is it the best AUD you're gonna hear? Certainly not, but for the time and venue it's pretty good.
I will add a note that the show does start off with rather poor quality but because of alterations made to the tape or a result of mix changes in the arena, it improves steadily throughout and by the time you hit the last part of the first set and for the entire second set, it really takes shape into a fine example of putting you "on the floor".

This post was modified by SomeDarkHollow on 2007-04-05 15:08:33

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Poster: smi2les Date: Apr 5, 2007 7:06am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Liam's hit the nail on the Head

On the west coast the AUD's from Berkeley Community and the Cow Palace are strange venue shows, the rooms bounce. Been great to here a show from the New Mondovi Theater in Davis.

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Poster: cush11 Date: Apr 5, 2007 11:18am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Liam's hit the nail on the Head

SomeDarkHollow speaks the truth here... I was one of the listeners with him last night and his review is Dead on! Wish I had heard the Althea>LIG>Franklins for the recent "run of tunes" thread...

:)

Good morning all!

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Poster: Liamfinnegan Date: Apr 5, 2007 10:55am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Liam's hit the nail on the Head

Thank you thank you my friend. I just call them as I hear them and I am not an expert so to say; my musician's training, if anything, allows me to "hear" those songs, shows, where something "different" is happening.

You listen to enough of this, and you know for damn sure when a song or group of songs or a show rises above an already high bar known as the norm for the grateful dead.

Up Next? Deer Creek 1990. F'in A check out that show opening Jackstraw. After a touring lifetime of insipid, uninspiring Jackstraws to open first sets (not to say other placements of jackstraw did not give us inspired readings) the Deer Creek version is a GIANT- the mix is already down cold -

God how many show opening Straws or Berthas were mere throw aways in the 80's as they were being played while the sound guys were getting everything "just exactly perfect"

This is a true treat: it starts out slow, so hold on until you get to around the 3:40 mark- then through the 4:45 mark from there- Mydland pushes the rest of the band- Phil joins him and then jerry gets caught in the wave.

http://www.archive.org/details/gd90-07-19.dsbd.garcia420.2177.sbeok.shnf

Do yourself a favor and listen to the "Flash" stream

This post was modified by Liamfinnegan on 2007-04-05 17:55:49

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Poster: SDH2O Date: Apr 5, 2007 11:41am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Liam's hit the nail on the Head

Hot Jack Straw openers? Check out Seattle 8/27/83 or even Oxford 88. Spot on with real energy from the old man (the Seattle is one of my real faves for the tune)

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Poster: Liamfinnegan Date: Apr 5, 2007 12:17pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Liam's hit the nail on the Head

I was with you SDH when we grokked the 83 jackstraw- I am ont saying it never happened- I am saying more often than not I regretted Jackstraw being the opener

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Poster: SDH2O Date: Apr 5, 2007 12:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Liam's hit the nail on the Head

In many cases I agree with you. A hot JS opener could really serve to set up what is to come, but many a less than stellar JS meant the band really had to work to get things back on track.

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Poster: waynecs Date: Apr 5, 2007 12:47pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Liam's hit the nail on the Head

I was listening last night too and the Althea>LIG>Franklins to end the first set absolutly smoked.